December 2011 Issue
Caring for Marine Fabrics
To keep your Biminis, dodgers, and sail covers clean and in service for the long haul, regular maintenance is a must. Here are some best practices and care tips weve picked up over the years:
Use a soft cloth or brush to knock off loose dirt and then, hose down and clean with a mild solution of natural soap in lukewarm water. Rinse with fresh, cold water.
These faux-canvas fabrics should never be dry cleaned or put in a washing machine.
Never roll up wet enclosures or sail covers for storage; this will lead to mold and mildew stains. Store them in an area thats dry and well-ventilated to prevent mold growth.
If you plan to trailer your boat for a long trip, remove dodgers and Biminis to prevent damage and chafe.
Wash with lukewarm water using a mild detergent
Thoroughly rinse to remove all soap residue
To remove mildew stains: Mix 1 cup bleach with a half-cup detergent per gallon of water
Apply, soak, and flush clean with fresh water
Do not use heat in the drying process
Dry dusting and brush off
Pre-soak in lukewarm fresh water (less than 100 degrees)
Wash with mild soap or Woolite, allowing cleaning solution to soak into fabric.
Rinse thoroughly and air dry; never apply heat.
May use 1 cup chlorine bleach per gallon of water to clean stains, mold, and mildew
After major washing or several years use, treat with 303 High Tech Fabric Guard (after complete cleaning and drying)